Team of the Century: The Greatest High School Football Team in Texas

Team of the Century: The Greatest High School Football Team in Texas

by Al Pickett




Fifty years ago Abilene High School, under legendary Coach Chuck Moser, became a football dynasty in Texas.

Moser moved to Abilene in 1953 at age thirty-four. What followed were seven of the most amazing years in the rich history of Texas high school football. The 1954, 1955, and 1956 teams won state championships. From 1954 to 1957 the Eagles won an incredible forty-nine consecutive games. Abilene captured six district titles in a row in a rugged West Texas league known as the Little Southwest Conference. In Moser's seven years, Abilene won seventy-eight games and lost only seven.

In its 1999 wrap-up of the twentieth century in Texas, The Dallas Morning News designated the Eagles of 1954–57 as the "Team of the Century" in high school football.

Veteran sports writer Al Pickett explores how Moser worked his magic to galvanize an entire community in support of his program and turn an otherwise ordinary group of high school kids into the best football team in Texas history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781880510872
Publisher: State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 9 - 18 Years

About the Author

AL PICKETT has spent the last thirty years covering high school football from a unique perspective as both a radio announcer and sports editor in Texas, Arkansas, and Kansas. He owns and operates Pickett Publications and Sales and hosts a radio sports show in Abilene, Texas. Pickett is also author of The Greatest Texas Sports Stories You've Never Heard (State House Press, 2007) and Wishbone Wisdom Emory Bellard: Texas Football Visionary (State House Press, 2010).

Table of Contents

A Reluctant Applicant17
The Staff23
1953: A New Beginning34
Eligibility Slips42
1954: Discipline Pays Off45
1955: A Perfect End to a Perfect Season62
1956: Three in a Row77
1957: Almost Another One95
The Coach and the Quarterbacks110
The All-Staters117
From Backup to the NFL143
1958-59: The Forgotten Years146
Moser's Legacy155
Team of the Century List of Players172
Scores from the Moser Years175
Starting Lineups, 1953-59177
Excerpts from Moser's Handbook183

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